Technician License Syllabus

SUBELEMENT T1 [6 Exam Questions – 6 Groups]

FCC Rules, descriptions and definitions for the amateur radio service, operator and station license responsibilities.

T1A – Amateur Radio services; purpose of the amateur service, amateur-satellite service, operator/primary station license grant, where FCC rules are codified, basis and purpose of FCC rules, meanings of basic terms used in FCC rules

T1B – Authorized frequencies; frequency allocations, ITU regions, emission type, restricted sub-bands, spectrum sharing, transmissions near band edges

T1C – Operator classes and station call signs; operator classes,  sequential, special event, and vanity call sign systems, international communications, reciprocal operation, station license licensee, places where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC, name and address on ULS, license term, renewal, grace period

T1D – Authorized and prohibited transmissions

T1E – Control operator and control types; control operator required, eligibility, designation of control operator, privileges and duties, control point, local, automatic and remote control, location of control operator

T1F – Station identification and operation standards; special operations for repeaters and auxiliary stations, third party communications, club stations, station security, FCC inspection

SUBELEMENT T2 [3 Exam Questions – 3 Groups]

Operating Procedures

T2A – Station operation; choosing an operating frequency, calling another station, test transmissions, use of minimum power, frequency use, band plans

T2B – VHF/UHF operating practices; SSB phone, FM repeater, simplex, frequency offsets, splits and shifts, CTCSS, DTMF, tone squelch, carrier squelch, phonetics

T2C – Public service; emergency and non-emergency operations, message traffic handling

SUBELEMENT T3 [3 Exam Questions – 3 Groups]

Radio wave characteristics, radio and electromagnetic properties, propagation modes

T3A – Radio wave characteristics; how a radio signal travels; distinctions of HF, VHF and UHF; fading, multipath; wavelength vs. penetration; antenna orientation

T3B – Radio and electromagnetic wave properties; the electromagnetic spectrum, wavelength vs. frequency, velocity of electromagnetic waves

T3C – Propagation modes; line of sight, sporadic E, meteor, aurora scatter, tropospheric ducting, F layer skip, radio horizon

SUBELEMENT T4 [2 Exam Questions – 2 Groups]

Amateur radio practices and station setup

T4A – Station setup; microphone, speaker, headphones, filters, power source, connecting a computer, RF grounding

T4B – Operating controls; tuning, use of filters, squelch, AGC, repeater offset, memory channels

SUBELEMENT T5 [4 Exam Questions – 4 Groups]

Electrical principles, math for electronics, electronic principles, Ohm’s Law

T5A – Electrical principles; current and voltage, conductors and insulators, alternating and direct current

T5B – Math for electronics; decibels, electronic units and the metric system

T5C – Electronic principles; capacitance, inductance, current flow in circuits, alternating current, definition of RF, power

T5D – Ohm’s Law

SUBELEMENT T6 [4 Exam Groups – 4 Questions]

Electrical components, semiconductors, circuit diagrams, component functions

T6A – Electrical components; fixed and variable resistors, capacitors, and inductors; fuses, switches, batteries

T6B – Semiconductors; basic principles of diodes and transistors

T6C – Circuit diagrams; schematic symbols

T6D – Component functions

SUBELEMENT T7 [4 Exam Questions – 4 Groups]

Station equipment, common transmitter and receiver problems, antenna measurements and troubleshooting, basic repair and testing

T7A – Station radios; receivers, transmitters, transceivers

T7B – Common transmitter and receiver problems; symptoms of overload and overdrive, distortion, interference, over and under modulation, RF feedback, off frequency signals; fading and noise; problems with digital communications interfaces

T7C – Antenna measurements and troubleshooting; measuring SWR, dummy loads, feedline failure modes

T7D – Basic repair and testing; soldering, use of a voltmeter, ammeter, and ohmmeter

SUBELEMENT T8 [4 Exam Questions – 4 Groups]

Modulation modes, amateur satellite operation, operating activities, non-voice communications

T8A – Modulation modes; bandwidth of various signals

T8B – Amateur satellite operation; Doppler shift, basic orbits, operating protocols

T8C – Operating activities; radio direction finding, radio control, contests, special event stations, basic linking over

T8D – Non-voice communications; image data, digital modes, CW, packet, PSK31

SUBELEMENT T9 [2 Exam Groups – 2 Questions]

Antennas, feedlines

T9A – Antennas; vertical and horizontal, concept of gain, common portable and mobile antennas, relationships between antenna length and frequency

T9B – Feedlines; types, losses vs. frequency, SWR concepts, matching, weather protection, connectors

SUBELEMENT T0 [3 Exam Questions – 3 Groups]

AC power circuits, antenna installation, RF

T0A – AC power circuits; hazardous voltages, fuses and circuit

breakers, grounding, lightning protection, battery safety, electrical code compliance

T0B – Antenna installation; tower safety, overhead power lines

T0C – RF hazards; radiation exposure, proximity to antennas, recognized safe power levels, exposure to others

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